2006. Social networking was myspace or bebo (if you were from the UK or Ireland). Facebook was virtually unheard of. Bebo, at least in Ireland, was growing rapidly… so rapidly it would eventually become the largest social network in the country. Bebo was growing rapidly in the UK & Australia too….
At around 2am this morning my broadband died suddenly. I was annoyed, and could have just used my o2 broadband but i took that as my cue to go to bed… i woke up this morning to find broadband was STILL dead.
Now i was really annoyed – 8 or 9 hours without being fixed?! I played around with my own router and config to make sure it was nothing on my end and couldn’t find anything wrong. I then used my o2 broadband to get online to search for any outages and sure enough there was one in the area…
Some clowns robbed a shop about 20 miles away from me, and cut fibre cables while they were at it – knocking out broadband in the entire area from 2am until about 5pm today. I was pretty reluctant to carry on my day as normal because i’d racked up 2gigs of data transfer in about 2 hours on my o2 broadband (i wasn’t even downloading anything big). I have an allowance of 10gigs for the MONTH and if you go over the limit, you’re charged by the megabyte so rather than work online, i decided to work offline for a while until my home broadband came back.
I spent most of my time working on theleavingcert.com, yet again. Drafted up this post & also put together a ‘to-do’ list on paper which i’ll try to battle through over the next couple of days before i go back to college.
- email / sign up alerts box
- twitter integration
- facebook integration
- amazon shopping cart / books section
- google custom search
- forum integration
- schools directory / maps
- ‘read more’ links on articles
- more polls
- proper ad section
- translation facility
- fix all broken links
I won’t get everything done but i’ll do my best
In a nutshell they were forced in to taking down all content, or face a €5m fine. Rather than take the financial risk, they pulled the content.
This is of course an ongoing bloody war between torrent sites (supported by millions of users) and the big bad companies who are trying to protect their profits and control distribution.
Anyway, kill a torrent site and more will appear – that’s just how it rolls online. Another one bites the dust today but here’s a list of some alternatives (thanks to torrentfreak).